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Backgrounder: Nord Stream 2

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Key background information on Nord Stream 2, the energy pipeline that was center stage at this week’s NATO summit.

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Africa: Playground for Asian Powers

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Indo-Japan Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) are playing to their strengths as the competition for Africa heats up.

Trump Fires Another Volley in US-China Trade War

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With all avenues to an easy de-escalation now blocked, President Trump’s latest round of tariffs suggests that the US-China trade war is here to stay.

Democracy and the Arc of Progress

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After decades of progress, democracy is backsliding worldwide. At what point will people rise up and put a stop to it?

Central Asia in 2018: What’s the Future of the C5+1?

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Washington has been making minor inroads into Central Asia, but will it be enough to stave off diplomatic irrelevance vis-à-vis China and Russia?

US-North Korea Talks Hit the Skids on Denuclearization Details

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Two divergent views of ‘denuclearization’ were on display in failed US-DPRK talks over the weekend.

Trump’s Trade Policy Is an Own Goal for American Consumers

President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the public and media Oct. 11, 2017, in an aircraft hangar at the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pennsylvania. The president discussed his plans for tax reform at the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

President Trump underestimated the resolve of EU policymakers, and consumers worldwide are about to pay for it.

Cameroon: The Next Flashpoint in Africa’s “Conflict Belt”

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A linguistic conflict risks plunging Cameroon into civil war and further destabilizing a vulnerable region.

South China Sea Dispute: The Philippines

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In the fourth article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military dimensions of the Philippine claim.

Will the 2018 Elections Truly Reshape Mexico?

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It’s hard to separate the reality from the hype surrounding Mexico’s new president.

Water Conflict: Protests over Water, Pollution Flare in Iran

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A historic drought is bringing water pressures to the fore in Iran and adding to the authorities’ growing list of troubles.

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